Orcas at SeaWorld Suffering From Sunburn? PETA Asks Feds to Find Out

For Immediate Release:
July 24, 2014

David Perle 202-483-7382

PETA has just sent a letter asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture to investigate allegations that orcas at SeaWorld—who are denied the opportunity to seek shade or to dive to depths where they’d be protected from the summer sun—routinely suffer from sunburn. In addition, former SeaWorld trainers report that they were required to smear black zinc oxide on the black areas of the orcas’ skin—not just to prevent sunburns but also to cover up the existing burns and blisters so that the audience didn’t see them.

More details as well as a copy of PETA’s letter are available on PETA’s blog.

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